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IRLL 2017 Senior Thesis Projects

College of Arts and Letters — 2017 Senior Thesis Projects
 
Caelin Moriarity Miltko
 
•Major: English
•Supplementary Major: Irish Language and Literature
•Minor: Journalism, Ethics, and Democracy
•Adviser: Diarmuid Ó Giolláin
 
Language, Folklore, and Literature in Native America and Ireland
My thesis is a comparison of 19th-century folklore and contemporary poetry/language use in Irish, Navajo, and Cree. I explore the way that folklore has shaped perceptions of these groups and the way that language and folklore have been used to reclaim identity in recent years. I grew up in Montana and witnessed part of the language revival process on Native American reservations near my hometown. When I began studying Irish, I became aware of how large the issue of minority languages actually is, and I became intrigued by the ways that those movements intersect and diverge.

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IRLL 2017 Senior Thesis Projects

College of Arts and Letters — 2017 Senior Thesis Projects

John McGinn

•Majors: Mathematics (Honors) and Irish Language and Literature
•Adviser: Brian Ó Conchubhair
 
An Camán
 
I analyze the bilingual Irish and English language newspaper An Camán (1931–1934). A joint project between Conradh na Gaeilge and Cumann Lúthchleas Gael, the self-proclaimed “Organ of Irish-Ireland” promoted the Irish language, games, and industry and featured a variety of contributors, including literary figures such as “Máire” (Séamus Ó Grianna). Although many Irish and bilingual newspapers that preceded it have been researched, little has been written about An Camán. It provided a true variety of reading material, from news stories and match reports to short stories and political writings, from an even greater number of authors.

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